This review is a tale of two Halves. In the first place, I went to Maarjamae Palace as an extension of the Estonion History Museum. I went out by taxi and it was a bit like going to a place that had been left behind. The original palace buildings are in a poor state of repair, and this neglect extended to the interior. You do not get to view an historical interior other than an impressive Grand Hall with a great mural. The rest of the museum had two temporary exhibions: film in Estonia and Electricity in Estonia. It was not really worth visiting.
However, the second part of my review is much brighter. Behind the palace lies a quantity of Soviet statues that made an interesting photo story. The next feature is that a brand new museum has been opened in the original barn, about 300m to the left of the palace. It is not yet signposted from the arrival gate. Opened in December 2014, this contemporary display sets out the history of Estonia during the last war. It was excellent with plenty of good signage in English. An audio guide ( not tried) was also available. Original items, film and photos brought their history alive.
Oh, check out the spectacular toilets available here too. Worth a visit just yo check the color scheme and the mirrors.
There are plans for the original Palace to be redeveloped, and if this new section is indicative of the standard to come, then visitor's experiences will be much improved.'
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